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Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 20:07:18 +0200
From: "James A. Barbour" <>
Subject: Re: 9000 V6 Performance - should it be better?

Depending where you are in the UK, Paul, have a good local specialist look at the car to confirm that it's giving all it should be. Then you could always pop down to Abbott Racing in Manningtree and see what they can do for you. Sadly the GM V6 in the 9000 wasn't Saab's greatest choice of engine - the Vauxhall / Opel straight six would have been a better choice but it didn't fit. The assymetrically turbocharged V6 in the 9-5 is much better. HTH James in article, Paul Douglas at wrote on 18/4/01 11:06 pm: > I have recently bought (in the UK, but I don't suppose it matters much) > a 1995 3.0 V6 9000CSE. I bought it mainly for the quality of the seats, > having recently had major back problems. It's my first Saab and so far > I think it's excellent. My only disappointment is that the performance > isn't as good as I expected. I haven't done any "scientific" testing > but seat-of-pants feel is that it's slower than the Mazda 626 (2.5 V6) > that it replaced, yet the engine is bigger and has significantly more > power and torque. Even granted that the Saab might be a bit heavier, > I'd have expected it to be faster rather than slower. It seems most > sluggish around the 45-60 mph mark, which is a pity as this is where > you generally want a bit of get-up-and-go for overtaking. > > Is this normal for this car? Would I be likely to significantly > improve matters by having the car professionally tuned, or perhaps even > re-chipped? > > Thanks - Paul Douglas > >

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